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Pam's garden was on the Sugar Beet Edible Garden tour, and she had over 75 visitors to her yard who were happy to learn about native plants and how they contribute to a healthy ecosystem and can support food production by supplying ecosystem services (pest control, pollination, soil health).

August 16 Program--Small Changes with Big Impacts: How Gardeners Can Help Native Plants and Animals 

August 16, 2015.  2:30-4:30 PM.  Room 259, The Priory, 7200 W Division St., River Forest, IL

Many of the invasive plants ( e.g. common buckthorn, bush honeysuckle, and multiflora rose) that dominate natural areas in our region were once growing in someone’s yard. We know that a few of the plants that gardeners are planting right now are invasive and could well become the next buckthorn or honeysuckle. Unfortunately, all of these invasive plants affect our native animals by replacing the native plants on which these animals rely for food and shelter. Kathleen will provide information about which garden plants are invasive and some recommendations and resources for making informed choices for your garden.

Presentation was created by Cathy Glynn who was the Coordinator for the Northeast Illinois Invasive Plant Partnership (NIIPP), a cooperative weed management area including the 18 counties of northeast Illinois, since August 2010. 

Kathleen Garness will deliver the presentation.  Kathy has been a Chicago Botanic Garden Plants of Concern monitor since 2001 and steward of Grainger Woods Conservation Preserve since 2003. She is known internationally as a native orchid advocate and botanical artist and has collaborated with the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center since 2013. Her artwork has been exhibited at the Chicago Botanic Garden, Missouri Botanic Garden, NYBG, the Smithsonian and Kew Gardens London, among other venues. She is very concerned about future generations. Her Forest Park preschool, Peaceful Garden Children’s House, is a certified Monarch Waystation. Her students have been raising monarch butterflies and learning natural history lessons since 1999. Kathleen’s twenty "Common Plant Families of the Chicago Region" pages are also featured on the Field Museum’s Rapid Color Guides resource pages. Kathy holds a BA from DePaul University and a Masters from Loyola University.

Free and open to the public.   Park on the east side of The Priory and enter through the door on the east.  Follow the hallway to the end, turn left, and follow that hallway.  Turn right up the stairs (or go straight to the elevator), and head up to the second floor. 

Help Us Celebrate Ginger Brown Vanderveer's Contributions to a Greener Oak Park on August 23rd

Ginger is a co-founder of West Cook Wild Ones and prior to committing so much time and energy to our organization, she has been quietly planting and maintaining gardens throughout Oak Park.  She has volunteered for the Oak Park Park District's Green Team and has cared for the native gardens at Field Park as well as her church's garden. Her native plants have found new homes all over the region--River Forest, Chicago, Glenview, Geneva and Lake Zurich.  Her generosity and energy has spread beyond Oak Park. If you would like to help us celebrate Ginger's many years of green giving, please RSVP at the below link. 
(Photo: Ginger preparing to collect seeds to share)


Future WCWO Events:

September 13: Mushrooms of the Chicago Region, presented by Patrick Leacock, President of the Illinois Mycological Association and an Adjunct Curator at the Field Museum of Natural History
September 20Walker's Wilds Yard Tour.  Come and join us as we tour Linda Walker's beautiful fall garden brimming with native trees, shrubs, and plants.  She will also have many of her native plants for sale too. All proceeds support Benevolent Youth, an organization in Myanmar.  Register for FREE tickets here: Walker's Wilds 

To look at future months, we have our Events page updated through January.  Click here: Calendar

If you missed Judy Pollock's presentation and would like to access a summary of the presentation, it is here: Landscaping for Migratory Birds

Your Input/Volunteer Opportunities--Volunteer Board Member Openings

If you are a West Cook Wild Ones member and would like to help out behind the scenes, we would love those who have time, energy, and commitment to help us reach our mission. You can enter information in the Volunteer Form (link below) or send us an e-mail.  We are looking for a Program Chair and a Newsletter Chair.  

There is a lot that we can do as an organization, and we can accomplish even more with your help.  Let us know what you are interested in doing--we have lots of openings for helping out with gardens, community outreach, seed preparation and packaging.  Just click here: Volunteer Form.  Thanks!

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